Please find a selection of CLA activities and resources that include LifeSkills, clubs, book and film reviews, recipes, tips on financial management, health, technology, occupational safety and health (OSH) and training.
The program: Hydrotherapy, otherwise known as Aquatic Physiotherapy, is a specific form of physiotherapy treatment conducted in a heated pool. Your physiotherapist will draw up a treatment plan appropriate to you. By combining hands-on pool based techniques and specifically designed exercises supervised by staff with training in hydrotherapy helps regain or enhance physical well-being in a warm relaxing environment
Individuals do not need to be able to swim in order to benefit from Hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy can help relieve pain, promote relaxation, mobilise joints, strengthen muscles, develop balance and coordination, and improve general fitness.
Please note attendance fees do not include any direct one on one support. Additional support costs can be negotiated individually if required. Flexible options are available. Call us to discuss.
Duration: 1.5 hours per week for 12 weeks. Flexible to suit your learning level and desired outcome.
The aim of this program is to:
Provide an introduction to modified sports, allowing participants to experience a sporting environment that is interesting, stimulating and fun. Modified sports provides opportunities to develop general movement skills and basic techniques as well as fitness, following directions and teamwork.
Duration: 1.5 hours per week for 12 weeks. Flexible to suit your learning level and desired outcome.
The aim of this program is to provide hands-on teaching of:
Mosaics and more.
Art helps develop skills such as time management, concentration, attention to detail, hand eye coordination, fine motor and social. We also support the development of following directions, active listening, communication, developing friendships and learning new things.
Please note that these are supported group activities which may also include entry fees. Please contact for details. Flexible options are available. Call us to discuss your support needs.
Community Living Association LifeSkills activities deliver unique, flexible learning opportunities that are designed to support positive outcomes for individuals. Our LifeSkills learning activities are person centred, evidence based and focusses on your goals to develop skillsets and independence.
CLA work alongside you, your family and/or carer to help develop individualised learning plans to support your choices.
Some of the people we support engage in behaviours that are challenging to manage and which make it difficult for us to support them to engage with their community in a positive way. Some of these behaviours may include:
Inappropriate sexual behaviours
Difficulty engaging with others
We should remember however, that what is seen as challenging, varies with where we are, and who we are with, but as a rule we ‘normalise’ behaviours and generally engage in accepted behaviours in the community. However how many of us also engage in behaviours in the privacy of our own home that we wouldn’t dream of doing in public? Imagine if you didn’t know the difference?
The important question to ask when supporting someone engaging in challenging behaviours is ‘Why?’ All behaviours serve a purpose for the individual and communicate a message. Is the person ‘angry’, ‘aggressive’, ‘violent’, ‘suicidal’, or is this the person’s way of showing that they are in fact anxious, scared, tired, ill, stressed, confused, depressed or in pain?
We need to get beyond what we initially see and identify the function or purpose of the behaviour to better meet the person’s needs. Consider the iceberg image on the right.
In the iceberg image below, we see the challenging behaviour (anger) and we tend to react directly to it, but below the surface could be a wide range of reasons for this behaviour.
It is tempting to concentrate on the secondary emotion/behaviour anger in this case), as we are directly experiencing it. We should however, try to not take it personally and allow it to alert us to the need to identify the primary (underlying) emotion. Responding to the in- your-face behaviours is certainly valid and it is appropriate to put in a range of reactive strategies to address, mitigate and respond to the behaviour, but as you can see there is generally more to it than that.
To get to the root of things, we need to uncover and respond to the primary emotion. If we can name the underlying emotion we can hopefully uncover the real function reason behind) the behaviour.
Click here to read a CLA client case study related to this article.
WhatsApp is a free communication application available on Android and IOS phones, originally released in 2009. WhatsApp offers a free text messaging and calling service provided over the internet. Users create an individual account based on the mobile number of the device where it is installed. All WhatsApp communications are secured on the device which can only be read by the sender and the user.
WhatsApp group messaging is an effective and free way of communicating in groups or single users. As a way of organising and planning Thursday’s social micro-group, Support Worker Clinton O’Brien and others involved have started using WhatsApp. Using a group message, the members plan and RSVP for the Thursday group events along with making changes on the fly that everyone can easily be aware of (for example, “Pool’s closed so going to the beach instead”). WhatsApp group messages is quick, effective and keeps everyone up to date at the same time.
Self-care is a very important part of our lives. Looking after our bodies and skin doesn’t take much time but helps us feel better in ourselves. A regular physical self-care routine can help people feel more motivated and confident.
Basic Daily Routine for morning & night (takes about 5 mins)
Skin Cleanse (can be done in or out of shower)
Showering in the morning is very refreshing and relaxing and also helps to relieve muscle aches. After showering is the best time to moisturise as your skin is still a little damp and the pores open. Your skin is already hydrated and will lock in your natural moisture. Follow up with dressing in nice, freshly laundered clothes and a good breakfast.
Last minute check before leaving for work:
Shave if needed
Lip balm to protect your lips
Sunscreen if necessary
Don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.
Have a great day 🙂
As well as being a Support Worker Moyra Dyer is a qualified, practicing beautician and is happy to help you get started with your daily routine.
Common substances/chemicals in homes are cleaning agents, insecticides, and in the garden, herbicides and fertilizers. Some of these are classified as hazardous. Bleaches such as White King and Domestos are hazardous and should be treated with caution. It is essential that you become familiar with the recommendations on substance container labels: for First Aid, what to do if it is swallowed, splashed on skin or in eyes.
More detailed information can be obtained from their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or Safety Data Sheets (SDS). A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) or a Safety Data Sheet ((SDS) is a document that contains information on the potential health effects of exposure to chemicals and on safe working procedures when handling chemical products.
It is very important to keep the original labels on substance containers so that you can provide accurate information if someone drinks from a container, or some of the substance splashes in their eyes or on their skin. It is also very important not to pour a substance into a container with no label because if you do not know what the substance is it is impossible to give accurate information if you have to contact a Medical Practitioner or the Poisons Information Centre.
Not all substance containers have First Aid information and directions for safe use. For information on a substance, where there is none given on the label, or you want more information please contact the Safety and Training Coordinator, Wendy Wright and provide her with the substance details and she will get you detailed information from a MSDS or SDS and give you a copy.
At CLA, we keep an eye out for businesses that offer outstanding customer service to people with disabilities in Albany. Support Worker Nadine Stone is a regular at Zhivago Café in the North Road Shopping Centre. Nadine says:
“Vikki and her team at Zhivago Cafe are extremely helpful and friendly to all the ConnectEd group on a Monday morning. We use the Cafe to meet up as a group, have a cuppa and play Uno attack. The staff at Zhivago know everyone by name and know what they order. They are very accommodating with such a large group and are happy for us to move tables together to be able to play cards. It is wheelchair accessible and nothing is too much trouble for them. Would highly recommend Zhivago Cafe to anyone.”
Let’s support these local businesses who look after us and our Customers so well. Do you know other places that we can feature – if so, email email@example.com and let us know.
Set in a time when autism wasn’t understood, Grandin’s mother Eustacia, played by Julia Ormond, is told autism is caused by lack of affection in the infancy stage and that institutionalisation is the only option for her 4 year old daughter.
Helped by a loving and caring mother, as well as a few understanding and compassionate teachers, Grandin goes on to not only finish high school but also graduate from college with a bachelor in human psychology and a master’s degree in animal science. Over fifty percent of the cattle in North America are handled in a more humane and efficient way thanks to a system designed by Temple Grandin.
Directed by Mick Jackson the movie starts with a teenage Grandin and gives you very little introduction, instead it gives the viewer insight into what life is like for a person with autism and how overstimulation can affect that person.
Grandin’s backstory is cleverly shown through flashbacks throughout the movie. Jackson’s directing gives the viewer’s perspective on not only how the world sees Grandin, but also on how she sees the world and how her mind works. This is accompanied by an excellent performance from Claire Danes, whose attention to detail really brings the character alive and earned her a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a MiniSeries.
This film is available through the WA state library and is also available for download on iTunes https:// itunes.apple.com/us/movie/templegrandin/id383984077.
CLA has purchased a copy which staff and Customers can view by booking the Training Room at 56 Cockburn Rd.
Resources Dance FUNdamental with Support worker Catherine and Amanda
CLA Support Worker Catherine is offering 60 minutes of fun, movement, music and colour every Wednesday at Denmark Community Resource Centre from 3pm to 4pm. Dance FUNdamental is a creative dance class for people with disabilities designed to help people explore movement, music and colour.
Catherine has had a lifelong passion for dance and its relationship to human wellbeing and development. She has over 25 years of experience in home, community, education and the arts working with people of all ages with a range of developmental and physical challenges.
Catherine is a qualified Wu Tao Instructor (dance therapy based on traditional Chinese medicine). Neural pathways forged by familiar patterns of movement are extended with new movement patterns introduced. Techniques to express a specific message i.e. focus, direction, weight, size, mood become tools for self-expression and communication which engage an awareness of self, others and space.
Catherine said: “I believe the fundamental element of learning is FUN. Dance FUNdamental supported silliness is facilitated in a safe space. We explore imagery through imagination, music and movement.”
Participants are welcome to bring and share their favourite music or song and advised to bring a full water bottle and wear soft comfortable clothing.
Contact Catherine directly for any further information about Dance FUNdamental on 0457 379 596
Please contact Rose Opoku if you are interested in taking part in a photography club. The club will meet every other Wednesday at 1:30pm. CLA buses will be used to transport Customers if necessary and the afternoon will include a trip to a great location to take photos as well as afternoon tea at a nearby café. Call Rose directly with any questions and to register your interest on 0439 303 140.
This book was published in 2003 and has won or been nominated for a number of literary awards.
The story is told by Christopher, a 15- year-old boy with a photographic memory. He knows all the countries of the world and their capitals, and every prime number up to 7,057. He is very good at maths and science, but not very good at understanding other people. Christopher also doesn’t like to be touched, and he hates the colours yellow and brown. Sometimes these things make life difficult.
When Christopher finds his neighbour’s dog dead on the lawn, he decides to investigate – just like his favourite (logical) detective Sherlock Holmes. Christopher finds out a lot more than he bargained for along the way and meets many new people on his journey as he grapples with the new information that has come to light.
Author Matt Haddon wrote about his book: “It’s a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a new and revealing way. The book is not about any specific disorder.”
Despite this, many of the situations that arise for Christopher are resonant for people with high functioning Autism and/or Asperger’s. The narrator’s literal view of the world and the use of explanatory diagrams allows the reader to engage with his reality and better understand Christopher’s actions. The reporting writing style and short chapters make this a straightforward read with a satisfying outcome.
By Jane Rushton – CLA Receptionist & Executive Assistant 2014 – 2018 (retired May 2018)
Resources Book Review My Write Foot: The Maurice Lock Story By Maggie GreatheadThis is an amazing biography about local Albany man, Maurice Lock.
Written by Maggie Greathead with full participation by Maurice and containing excerpts from newspaper articles, archive material of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Western Australia from the 20 to 30 year old files of when Maurice lived in Perth under the auspices of the then Spastic Welfare Association, and over 30 other contributors. These comprise family, friends, workmates, and acquaintances who over the years have contributed to the rich fabric of the life of Maurice.
Written by Maggie, initially a Silver Chain support worker, who got to know Maurice over an eleven-year period, she has helped Maurice write his life story, that she says was a great privilege, and ended being a tribute to him and his achievements.
Maurice was born with Cerebral Palsy in 1939. Maggie has included a section about Cerebral Palsy in the preface of the book which is very informative and factual covering the main types of Cerebral Palsy and living with the disability, ageing, and maintaining physical and mental health. A further short section gives an insight into the changing attitudes to people living with a disability in the community over the course of Maurice’s life.
Maurice writes with his right foot, along with doing many other tasks we might do with our hands. This is the essence of Maurice – finding ingenious ways to accomplish the things he’s wanted and needed to do in his life. It is Maurice’s wish to help break down barriers and improve communication between abled and disabled communities, and to encourage others with disabilities to pursue their hopes and dreams.
A copy of ‘My Write Foot‘ is available to CLA Customers, families and staff from the front office at 36 Cockburn Road.
This book review was written by Support Worker Janet Snell. To find out more about Support Worker Janet, click here.